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Poster: tbrad Date: Sep 8, 2006 10:18pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Neal Cassidy?

You guys seem to be full of factoids and trivia about the dead. So here's an easy one for you:
I've always assumed that 'Cowboy Neal' whom Bobby makes reference to in the second verse of The Other One is Neal Cassidy, the hipster speed freak who was the inspiration for Dean Moriarty in Jack Keuroak's 'On the Road.'
Is this in fact the case?

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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: Sep 9, 2006 1:22am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Neal Cassidy?

yeah... the darker verses of the story are in Cryptical Envelopement, the prologue and epilogue of The Other One:

the other day they waited, the sky was dark and faded,
Solemnly they stated, "He has to die, you know he has to die."
All the children learnin', from books that they were burnin',
Every leaf was turnin' ; to watch him die, you know he had to die.
The summer sun looked down on him, his mother could but frown on him,
And all the others sound on him, but it doesn't seem to matter.
And when the day had ended, with rainbow colors blended,
His mind remained unbended, he had to die, you know he had to die.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd85-06-24.sbd.miller.25315.sbeok.shnf

done as late as 1985 (link above) with Garcia singing "he had to die" about Cassidy's lonely demise as it were...

The verses perhaps performed to better effect in 1968:

http://www.archive.org/details/gd68-08-21.sbd.cotsman.17355.sbeok.shnf

Or, try the Other One (and the rest) from this stellar 1969 show:

http://www.archive.org/details/gd69-02-07-late.sbd.wiley.14471.sbeok.shnf


This post was modified by cream-puff-war on 2006-09-09 08:22:56

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Poster: midnight sun Date: Sep 9, 2006 12:14am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Neal Cassidy?

seem to recall a story about Weir camping in the backyard of friends where a baby was born (which was named Cassidy, or was it spelled Cassity?) the same day that Neil Cassidy passed on, this particular example of the cycle of life inspiring the song Cassidy...anyone want to comment on this?

for me, Cryptical (even if erroneously) has always brought the plight of Jesus Christ to mind

a wee bit off topic here, but anyone happen to know the true identity of Frank Zappa's bass player who went by the name "Erroneous"? - and an excellant bassist at that

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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: Sep 9, 2006 1:34am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Neal Cassidy?

In an interview published in Golden Road, Spring, 1991, p. 30, Garcia was asked about his portion of the lyric:

"Golden Road: Who or what inspired your section of "That's It For the Other One"--"The other day they waited," etc.?

Garcia: ... "Seriously, I think that's an extension of my own personal symbology for "The Man of Constant Sorrow"--the old folk song--which I always thought of as being a sort of Christ parable."

Here are some ideas on the song's meaning contributed via the WELL's Deadlit conference:
"That's it for the other one always made me think of the greats who were burned for believing "controversial" beliefs that have since become accepted fact. It also reminded me of Wilhelm Reich, whose books were being burned in the fifties. It seems to speak of making a public spectacle of the execution of a visionary. (As for Cryptical Envelopment, Bobby's contribution, it seems more a psychedelic interlude.)" -- Ryan M. Hastings

"Funny, to me it's always been symbolic of a "dying" ritual, (the need of the ego to die in order for the true spirit to be born within). In other words, the "death" was a metamorphosis & therefore was something to be desired..."--David Gans

Blair Jackson, in Grateful Dead: the Music Never Stopped has this to say about The Other One:

"The song, which the Dead frequently dedicated to Owsley and which some have suggested deals with the persecution of the acid chemist, opens with a series of serious, but pleasantly melodic verses sung by Garcia over Pigpen's liturgical organ line and Garcia's florid acoustic guitar... The tune continues to tell the tale of this ill-fated individual until the melody fades and Kreutzmann's and Hart's drums set up the relentless chugging rhythm of the next section, sung by Weir, which eulogizes Prankster Neal Cassady (who died in Mexico in early 1968 under slightly mysterious, possibly drug- related circumstances), and attempts to verbalize, to a degree, psychedelic euphoria.

Abruptly, that song closes and the music returns to the original theme sung by Garcia." (pp. 84-85)

Weir: Interesting story with "The Other One." Uh, it was one of the first tunes I ever wrote.
I was wondering what the song was about, and then one night it sort of came to me. Basically, it's a little, a little fantastic, uh, episode about my meeting Neal Cassady. I wrote the two verses - that's all there is to it, really, is two verses - and, uh, then, uh, we played the gig that night and came home the next day and when we came home we learned the news that Neal had died that night...
DG: Wow.
Weir:...the night that I wrote that. As legend has it, he died counting the railroad ties on the tracks -
Lesh: From Dallas to Denver.
Weir: Something like that. San Miguel de Allende [Mexico], I think, is where he was.


This post was modified by cream-puff-war on 2006-09-09 08:34:02

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